Cancer walk demands are unreasonable

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

To the editor:
I was watching TV when I saw an ad come on for the upcoming 2009 End Breast Cancer Walk. I was initially excited, as I felt personally touched by the advertisement, being one of the many that has a family member struggling to overcome and put an end to this disease.

However, my initial excitement turned quickly to disappointment when I found out I had to raise a minimum of $2,000 and that I would personally have to make up the difference, from my own pocket, if I failed to raise the full amount. If I couldn’t commit to this I was encouraged to donate, something I already do.

Asking me to be liable for raising a minimum of $2,000 is a large chance that I, like others, cannot afford to take on at this point in my life, being a struggling student who is already in debt. I feel that by the charity taking this route it is greatly discouraging to those who cannot afford to take a large economic risk.

I would have loved the opportunity to get involved in such a high spirited and communal event and try to do something different, in addition to donating. Don’t get me wrong, for those of you who can afford to take the risk that is awesome. I just think it is sad when you have to have money to partake in what is portrayed as a life changing experience that brings together so many people, for such a great cause.
" Erin Milanczak
History and Geography IV

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